I've made two CAS cards today which I will donate to the Cancer Research UK Craft for Life campaign. I took a bunch of cards into the shop last week so I need to build up a stash again. The first card was for this weeks Less Is More 'Off Centre' challenge. The flowery frame is from a Hero Arts clear set. I stamped it twice, once direct to the card front and again on a piece of SU! Barely Banana CS. I cut the banana piece out, stamped a doily background on it in banana ink and then stamped the sentiment. I added three small punched flowers with gem centres. I coloured the flowery frame elements with SU! marker pens. To finish off, I rounded all the corners. The stamped corner is quite busy in design but it's surrounded by lots of white space which contrasts with the busyness. I think it still qualifies as a Less Is More, CAS design - doesn't it?!
Today's CAS116 challenge on Splitcoast Stampers is the Artist's Rule of 3. I have 3 button blooms on my card, I added 3 leaves, I used 3 colours for my blooms and I added 3 gems to my punched Photo Corner. I started off by stamping 3 flower stems at different heights and added the leaves. I stamped the flower button in Marina Mist, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry inks and cut them out. I punched the button holes and threaded thin strips of CS through the holes. Then to add some dimension I added 3 3/4" punched circles behind each flower shaped button. The buttons are popped up on Dimensionals on top of 1 1/4 " punched circles. The sentiment was stamped in Rich Razzleberry - I love this Hero Arts sentiment! To finish off the card, I added Marina Mist and Melon Mambo punched photo corners and I popped on 3 clear gems. It really doesn't look like I'm going to get tired of the fab Button, Button set any time soon, I LOVE it!
I know I put effort into making the buttons look more realistic and dimensional so maybe this card isn't a truly 'Less Is More' design but it bothers me to have naked buttons! This is ever since I took part in the online Simply Great Card Design class run by the wonderful CAS queen Julie Ebersole who had one rule - "no nekkid buttons!"
Supplies for Fabulous Birthday card:
Stamps: Hero Arts Thanks So Much clear set, Hero Arts Rectangle Doily & Fabulous Birthday
CS: Anita's A6 white card blank, SU! Barely Banana CS
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Barely Banana, various colour SU! marker pens
Tools: XCut Mini Flower punch, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania Adhesive Gems
Supplies for Everything Wonderful card:
Stamps: SU! Petal Pizzazz & Button, Button sets, Hero Arts Lots of Wonderful
CS: Anita's A6 white card blank, SU! Marina Mist, Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry
Ink: SU! Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: SU! Photo Corners, 3/4" circle & 1 1/4" circle punches, tiny hole punch for button holes
Embellishments & accessories: clear gems, SU! Dimensionals